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Burnett Bolloten

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469624464

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469624464.001.0001

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The Rise of Juan Negrín

The Rise of Juan Negrín

(p.474) 45 The Rise of Juan Negrín
The Spanish Civil War

Burnett Bolloten

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the elevation of Juan Negrín to premiership in the wake of Largo Caballero's resignation. President Azaña had appointed Negrín in lieu of Prieto, primarily for his quiet energy, which proved a more flexible and more tolerable disposition than Prieto's. Easygoing and a bon vivant, infinitely more pliable than the austere and stubborn Largo Caballero, and presumed to be more acceptable to Western democracies than the left Socialist leader because of his moderate background, Negrín had long been selected by Arthur Shashevsky, the Soviet trade representative, as Largo Caballero's successor in the premiership. Especially important to Moscow was the fact that Negrín had no official ties with the Communist party, though he would eventually be forced to choose between Soviet demands and his loyalty to Prieto. In spite of this, Negrín's rise to premiership signaled a victory for the Communists.

Keywords:   Juan Negrín, premiership, Manuel Azaña, Indalecio Prieto, Arthur Shashevsky, Russia, Western democracies, Communist party

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